Wednesday, February 28

Indonesia

Nearly 200 Children Died After Ingesting Contaminated Syrups in Indonesia
Asia, Indonesia, News

Nearly 200 Children Died After Ingesting Contaminated Syrups in Indonesia

The number of children in Indonesia suffering from acute kidney failure after ingesting harmful substances in medical syrups has risen to 324, of which 195 have died, and 27 are still in the hospital. The Indonesian Ministry of Health reported this on Monday. The country has seen a spike in cases of acute renal failure since August, leading to an investigation and a blanket ban on the sale and prescription of syrups and liquid medicines. “Most cases occur in children under the age of five,” Health Ministry spokesman Mohammad Syahril said at a news conference. Tests showed that most deaths could be attributed to syrups contaminated with excessive amounts of ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol, two chemicals used in industrial products such as antifreeze, Syahril said. ...
Protests in Indonesia Against New Labour Law
Indonesia, News

Protests in Indonesia Against New Labour Law

Thousands of Indonesians took to the streets on Tuesday in protest against a new labour law, which, among other things, provides for longer working hours and cuts severance payments and pensions.   The protests come a day before a three-day strike announced by the unions. Especially in industrial regions around the capital Jakarta, demonstrations are taking place against the plans that the government deems necessary to attract investment and create jobs. Police have stopped protesters who wanted to demonstrate in front of the parliament in Jakarta. Many protesters wear face masks but keep little distance. In Indonesia, 3,622 new coronavirus infections were reported on Monday. The bill has yet to be signed by President Joko Widodo, but that is expected to be a formality.
Tsunami Warning Indonesia: Panic after Heavy Earthquake
Aisa, Indonesia, News

Tsunami Warning Indonesia: Panic after Heavy Earthquake

Indonesian authorities have issued a tsunami warning today for part of the coast of Java and Sumatra. They called on residents in the coastal areas to look for an elevated area after a significant earthquake with a force of 6.8 under the seabed between the two islands.   So far, there have been no reports of damage or victims. The massive quake occurred some 150 kilometres off the coast of West Java (and some 225 kilometres off the coast of southern Sumatra) at a depth of almost 43 kilometres. Shocks were also felt in the capital Jakarta. People ran quickly into the street there. "The chandelier in my apartment shook back and forth, and I quickly ran down from the 19th floor," a 50-year-old resident of the capital was shocked. Everyone fled; it was a powerful shock. " TV images sh...